Histiocytoid and signet-ring cell carcinoma of the axilla: a type of cutaneous apocrine carcinoma equivalent to histiocytoid lobular carcinoma of the breast?
Summary of "Histiocytoid and signet-ring cell carcinoma of the axilla: a type of cutaneous apocrine carcinoma equivalent to histiocytoid lobular carcinoma of the breast?"
There is a histopathological similarity between cutaneous apocrine carcinoma (CAC) and breast carcinoma. Cutaneous histiocytoid or signet-ring cell (SRC) carcinoma is a rare neoplasm, which usually occurs on the eyelid, and less commonly on the axilla. The precise histogenesis of this carcinoma remains controversial. We report the case of a man with a cutaneous histiocytoid SRC carcinoma of the axilla having histopathological and immunohistochemical features that were quite similar to histiocytoid lobular carcinoma (histiocytoid LC) of the breast, which is a subtype of classic invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast with apocrine differentiation. We consider this case to be a type of CAC equivalent to histiocytoid LC of the breast, based on the features and the occurrence on the axilla. The patient was treated with adjuvant chemotherapy according to the general guidelines for the treatment of breast carcinoma.
Division of Dermatology, Department of Internal Medicine Department of Pathology Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Saga University, Saga, Japan.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: Clinical and experimental dermatology
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21689143
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2230.2011.04106.x
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